MP’s early run for cancer

MP Tony Buti will run from Pinjarra to Champion Lakes. d401886
MP Tony Buti will run from Pinjarra to Champion Lakes. d401886

After the success of last year’s inaugural Rachael Doherty Foundation Fun Run/Walk in which he ran from Parliament House to Champion Lakes, Mr Buti said he felt inspired to set an even greater physical challenge.

‘About 250 people turned up last year, so we are hoping to at least double this for 2013,’ he said.

‘You don’t even have to sign up for the race ” there will be stalls and plenty of community spirit to keep everyone entertained.’

Previously a phys-ed teacher, Mr Buti said although he kept fit by running every day, he was nervous about making it to Champion Lakes by 9am on the day.

‘I was driving down south to visit my mum a few weeks ago and thought ‘Oh, there are a few big hills,’ ‘he said.

The foundation was established in memory of Rachael Doherty, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2004 and fought the disease for eight years before she died at age 26.

‘I personally connected with the fact that she was such a young, brave woman whose life was taken away too soon,’ Mr Buti said.

‘It seems incredible that we live in such a rich state, yet Rachael had to keep flying to Melbourne for her treatment. We are advocating for the establishment of a dedicated cancer centre within WA.’